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Valentine’s Outfit Idea That’s Not A Dress

Valentine's Outfit That's Not A Dress

Valentine’s Outfit That’s Not A Dress

This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday.  So if you have plans on the actual day, then most likely you’ll be going to work first, so a date night dress probably isn’t the best option on a cold February day.  For a Valentine’s Day outfit that’s not a dress, try a pair of statement pants!  I’m personally loving the Avon Ashley Wide Leg Pant.

Ashley Wide Leg Pants

Ashley Wide Leg Pants

These wide leg pinstripe pants are kinda perfect for a date night.  They’re a little take notice, flatter the figure and a lot of comfortable.  You can easily style them for work with a simple white turtleneck (Avon Sloan Turtleneck in White).  If you wanted something a little more for date night try a black lace blouse or put a corset over your turtleneck which is really trendy right now.  Even pairing a slinky cami with a cardigan would be great for a day to night look.

Statement Wide Leg

Statement Wide Leg

Date Night Pants

Date Night Pants

Dress up your look for Valentine’s Day with some date night jewelry!  This ravishing red collection from Avon looks way more spendy than it is!  I like how classy it looks but yet sparkly and fun for a date.  I’m wearing the drop earrings, necklace, tennis bracelet also layered with this super cute XOXO pave bracelet.  I just LOVE the jewelry offerings this year from Avon.  They did the cutest pieces that add just the right amount of fun.

Avon Ravishing Red Collection

Avon Ravishing Red Collection

I love a good work tote and this reversible one from Coach fits my work needs perfectly.  I also like it for a Valentine’s Day work look because its my 3rd wedding anniversary present, the year of leather.

Pinstripes, Arm Party and a killer Tote

Pinstripes, Arm Party and a killer Tote

Ravishing Red Drop Earrings Really Stand Out!

Ravishing Red Drop Earrings Really Stand Out!

You can shop the entire Valentine’s Day collection at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger.  For my pants and turtleneck you’ll have to backorder.  To do that, at the top right click “Product #”, scroll to the bottom of the page and where it has the search option type in “ashley wide leg pant” or “sloan turtleneck” and select campaign 3.  Your available size options should pop up.  Select the one you want then add to cart.  If you have any trouble please reach out to me and I can assist.

Valentine's Day Look

Valentine’s Day Look

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The Work To Weekend Must Have Bag – mark. Dragon Around Tote

Happy First Day Of Fall!

Happy First Day Of Fall!

Happy first day of fall!  Which it is unusually cold today with only a high of 75!!!  #californiaproblems   However, for me, that means I can wear pants, ankle pants, but still pants.  So today I have for you a little pants outfit with the perfect fall tote, well really the any time of year tote!  The mark. Dragon Around Tote is the must have work to weekend bag!

The Work To Weekend Must Have Bag - mark. Dragon Around Tote

The Work To Weekend Must Have Bag – mark. Dragon Around Tote

Fall outfit with mark. Dragon Around Tote

Fall outfit with mark. Dragon Around Tote

The mark. Dragon Around Tote is a camel, large tote bag with two slip pockets and a zippered pocket.  It’s your standard tote but with a classic luxe look.  Really could be mistaken for a much higher end version but at an affordable price.  I’ve been wanting a really good one from a major lux brand but after getting this mark. one I feel much better that I didn’t spend way beyond my means.

mark. Dragon Around Tote

mark. Dragon Around Tote

Work to weekend, this bag has you covered.  It’s so simple it will go with everything and large enough to hold everything. I use it to tote all my crap; files, lunch, change of shoes, things I need to mail, snacks, Harry Potter, a sweatshirt, more snacks, magazines for lunch time reading, stuff from work I’ve been meaning to bring home, stuff from home I’ve been meaning to bring to work… you get the idea.  Pretty much your life needs a bag like this.

Hello Fall!

Hello Fall!

Work Outfit with Express and White House Black Market

Work Outfit with Express and White House Black Market

For my work outfit I paired a pair of sailor blue ankle pants from White House Black Market with an off the shoulder top from Express.  The blue and white pairing works exceptionally well with the camel tote bag.  I wore blue and white jewelry from Avon and grey heels from Shoedazzle.  For added details I could NOT resist this adorable bag charm (see my bag charm post here).  It’s just perfect for fall and winter and adds a smile to my face every time I glance at it.

Coach Bag Charm

Coach Bag Charm

A little wear to work look.

A little wear to work look.

You can shop this must have bag at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger your life will thank me later.  Think of all the activities you can do with a functional bag like this!!!

Trending Tuesday – Bag Charms

If the world of alicia was the internet, #bagcharms would totally be trending.  Like with a lot of trends when they first hit the scene I couldn’t tell if I liked it or hated it.  Now as the trend has become more popular, so are the options, giving you more things to LOVE and of I’m all about it.  Here are my favorites for a little charming additions to your bag!

mark. Bad Hair Day Bag Charm

mark. Bad Hair Day Bag Charm

Rebecca Minkoff Tassel Charm

Rebecca Minkoff Tassel Charm

 

Charming Charlie Initial Pom Charm

Charming Charlie Initial Pom Charm

 

Kate Spade Reversible Black/White Swan Charm

Kate Spade Reversible Black/White Swan Charm

 

Michael Kors Aviator Puff Charm

Michael Kors Aviator Puff Charm

 

Coach Fawn Charm

Coach Fawn Charm

I love how you can do something big bright and fun like a pom pom ball or something whimsical like the swan and fawn charms or even something simple like a tassel!  There really is no reason for your bag not to have a killer accessory too!  Plus, a bag charm is really affordable way to update for fall and embrace a new trend!

Trending Tuesday: #nauticalblues

If the world of alicia was the internet, #nauticalblues would totally be trending.  Official countdown to the long weekend is on!  As we appreciate all our labors it also means summer is coming to an end, sad face.  However, this time when the days are still warm and sunny, but just a little bit shorter, and the nights are cooler, is actually pretty legit too.  Plus, we can get excited about all the fun new fall stuff coming out!  I’m def not ready to ditch summer but I am ready for some new inspo, and I’ve been obsessing over all things in #nauticalblues hues!  Something about navy, aquamarine, teal and deep blues have me obsessing lately.  These shades you can mix into your summer wear and also wear through the fall.  Here’s my what’s been inspiring me:

The Limited Navy Leather Jacket

The Limited Navy Leather Jacket

Coach Outlet's Must Have Hue

Coach Outlet’s Must Have Hue

mark. What A Placket Henley

mark. What A Placket Henley

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Teals and Deep Blues

Teals and Deep Blues

Denim Blues with mark. Make Way For Chambray Dress

Denim Blues with mark. Make Way For Chambray Dress

So get your s’mores ready for this long summer weekend, and pair your nautical blues with some red and white for Week O’Nautical Labor Day Edition is here!

Toasting some s'mores in my nautical blues!

Toasting some s’mores in my nautical blues!

Aztec Shorts 4 Ways: Mixed Prints

mark. Aztec Empire Shorts

mark. Aztec Empire Shorts

Sometimes you just have to mix it up and have some fun.  The print on these mark. Aztec Empire Shorts ($30) is so fun that I was inspired (see my inspiration post) to show how versatile these shorts are for summer by styling them 4 ways (check out Look #1 here).  So I decided to have some fun and mix it up… by mixing prints!

Mixing Prints:  Aztec and B&W Stripes

Mixing Prints: Aztec and B&W Stripes

LOOK 2:  MIXING PRINTS AZTEC AND STRIPES – Black and White stripped tank, fun jewelry, neon clutch, oversized shades and strappy flat sandals.

Mixing Prints with mark. Aztec Empire Shorts

Mixing Prints with mark. Aztec Empire Shorts

I’m not a huge fan of mixing prints but done right the payoff is pretty, well, fun!  Stripes are the easiest print to mix and match with.  To break into mixing prints stick with classic colors, like my black and white tank here (Express, old).  The black and white stripes in the tank play off the black and white stripes in the shorts, just switching up directions.  Just for kicks, mix the prints with super fun accessories, coral jewelry (mark., old), a neon clutch (mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case used as a clutch), summer staple sunglasses (Coach) and flat strappy sandals in coral and snakeskin for more print mixing (Sam & Libby Karina Sandals, Target)!  Keep the accessories all in the same color family to mix and match them into your mixed prints to keep the look from going too overboard!

mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case (used as a clutch)

mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case (used as a clutch)

Fun Accessories Mix and Match with Mixed Prints

Fun Accessories Mix and Match with Mixed Prints

This look is definitely out of the box, but definitely way more fun than a plain old tank, shorts and flip flops.  For easy print mixing try stripes and fun accessories all in the same color family.  Life is too short not to have some fun, even if it is just in your outfit!  Give it a whirl and have some fun, like playing hopscotch on stepping stones!

Having fun in my mixed prints!

Having fun in my mixed prints!

Shop the mark. Aztec Empire shorts and Glam and Roll Jewelry Case at my eBoutique and get a tiered discount now through June 27th!  http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger

From The Desk Of Alicia – Happy 2014!!!

sealed with an a

sealed with an a

Happy New Year!  (a couple days later).  In the last couple of weeks I’ve been enjoying the holidays, a trip back east, my family, my friends, and some much needed time off!  A lot of that was spent unplugged and enjoying the moment and not worrying about capturing it electronically.  2014 is shaping up to be a big year…  not only is it the 2nd year anniversary here on the blog but I have a new nephew on the way, my niece is graduating high school and I have a wedding to plan!  I only half-heartedly make resolutions but this year with all this going on my resolution is to be more organized/on time/on top of things/etc.   I think the first step in making this happen is finding a really good planner to keep me organized… one that’s equally as chic and fun as it is functional.  Here are a few I’m looking at…

Topping the wish list, Kate Spade offerings:

Kate Spade Spiral 2014 Agendas

Kate Spade Spiral 2014 Agendas

A Peek Inside

A Peek Inside

Kate Spade Brightspot Avenue Debra

Kate Spade Brightspot Avenue Debra

The refillable agenda is really what I think I need.  Something with pockets and lots of options.  However its pink and $168 (neither are my favorite).

On the more affordable level Etsy has some great options:

Day Designer On Etsy

Day Designer On Etsy

2014 Planner on Etsy

2014 Planner on Etsy

 

Since I’m a sucker for fun office supplies these fun designs have me smitten:

Henri Bendel 2014 Planner

Henri Bendel 2014 Planner

Jonathan Adler Spade Design

Jonathan Adler Spade Design

 

laureldenise.com

laureldenise.com

 

The refillable options are what I’m searching for but I want something more fun in design, but this classic leather one from Coach has the functionality:

Coach Leather Tab Jacket

Coach Leather Tab Jacket

 

Since I’m not very good at this organization thing, I’m definitely open to suggestions.  Do you use a day planner you love?  Do you have a better suggestion?  Where’s the best place to shop for planners?  Searching Pinterest I’ve seen a ton of printable options, but what’s the best way to bind them/use them?  Leave a comment and help licia!

As for the rest of this organization thing for the year the biggies I want to tackle are my closet, my shoes, my jewelry, my office (both home and work) and my paper trails (documents/warranties/manuals/receipts/etc).  This will involve some pinspiration and diy techniques that I most certainly will be sharing here on word of alicia.

Here's to 2014!!

Here’s to 2014!!

Cheer’s to a happy and healthy 2014!